Tiny Houses can help solve the London Housing Crisis.
You can fit more of them into the same space as larger apartments. You can build more of them for less money.
It is as simple as that, and I could just end this post here.
Let us dig a little deeper into those and see other key advantages that Tiny Houses or micro housing has to offer.
London has very little space to build compared to the number of properties we need to build in London. Building smaller allows us to fit more properties into smaller sites. If I take the example of a recent search I did for one-bedroom apartments in Zone 1 & 2, the average size of those apartments was 550sq.ft. In the space of ten of these one-bedroom apartments, you could fit fifteen 350sq.Ft micro units. That is five more people with homes or a 30% increase!
Smaller properties cost less to build. Even though you have the potential for a slightly higher cost per square foot, your per unit costs are significantly lower. These lower costs directly translate into savings for end users, whether they be tenants or buyers.
Smaller properties are easier to make modular, thus making them even faster and cheaper to build. (I can do a separate post on modular housing in the future for those interested.)
More efficient to heat. They just use less energy to keep warm compared to larger properties with the equivalent insulation values.
More environmentally friendly than larger homes. They use fewer materials to build them!
All of this equates to being able to deliver more housing in a shorter span of time at a reduced cost. Moreover, to thousands of Londoners, that is a very attractive offer.
Micro Housing or Tiny Homes, offer a great option to help relieve the pressures on the London Housing market. It is one of a few avenues the private and public sector need to pursue with more vigour to get more homes to the people who want and need them.
Do you disagree?